Events

BoCo Obama nomination not unanimous

Perhaps solidly Progressive Democrats were not listening carefully to Barack Obama in 2008.  Perhaps they were just too anxious to oust the worst U.S. president since Herbert Hoover.  Perhaps the millions of dollars in contributions from Wall Street corrupted his vision for America.  Perhaps Barack Obama was “corporatist” all along.  Whatever the reasons, there are those within the Democratic Party who are not pleased with President Barack Obama’s first term record. It is not what they expected when they ardently worked on his behalf and cast their vote in November 2008.

They expected a single-payer healthcare system.  They earnestly lobbied Obama for “Medicare for All,” or at a minimum some sort of “public option.”  But Obama didn’t listen.  In fact, he came to the negotiating table having given away nearly all of his bargaining chips.  And stalwart Democrats were left to ask, “Why?”

Progressives believed that there was no acceptable moral or ethical action but to hold Wall Street responsible for its corruption.  But Obama followed the lead of George Bush and continued to bail them out.  He might have, at a minimum, held individuals responsible for the near catastrophe that they brought to the American – even world – economy by bringing criminal charges against the perpetrators.  But three and a half years later, no such actions have taken place – and they appear not likely to take place.

Obama could have held Vice President Dick Cheney and President George Bush accountable for their lies about Saddam Hussein’s involvement in the 9-11 attacks and for the non-existent weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, the lies that hoodwinked the American public into accepting an unwarranted war against Iraq that cost lives and treasure.  But he insisted that the country should look forward, not back.  Perhaps Obama, too, was lustful of Middle East oil.

And then there is the environment and climate change.  For every two steps forward, our president follows with another one back while the extraction industries rape and pillage the land and threaten the atmosphere for the coming generations.

There are other areas of consternation, but however it all came about, some in Boulder County took the principled position to send a message to our Party’s president:  That far but no farther.

At Saturday’s Boulder County Democratic Party County Assembly and Convention, there were 288 delegates available for the Colorado Democratic Party Convention in Pueblo on April 14.  Of the 354 county delegates remaining for the afternoon session that nominated President Barack Obama for a second term, 55 of those delegates rose in opposition to the president’s policy choices.  Those 55 delegates amounted to 16% of the votes and “met threshold.”  As a consequence, there will be delegates in Pueblo to carry the Uncommitted message.

It is not known whether other Democrats throughout Colorado rose to send the same message to our president.  I can only hope that they did.  As one who rose, I had no idea how few or how many would do so.  There was no coordinated effort, no campaign.  It was heartwarming to see so many committed Democratic progressives stand in protest.

It has been disheartening to watch the Democratic Party drift steadily to the right, election after election, since 1980.  It is disheartening to observe how the Democratic Party has been repeatedly played by the ever-growing fascistic and totalitarian elements in the Republican Party as they accomplish a goal and then move the goal-post further and further to the right.

While the action today was small, I hope it will be a harbinger of changes to come.  I hope it will be both an indicator and a motivator for other progressive Democrats to say, “We will no longer allow our Party to be high jacked by those who would compromise our values.  We will not let our Party become a watered down version of the Republican Party of Corporate America.  We will no longer watch the future of our families and friends and our environment slip into inevitable decline, if not disaster.”

So let this be the beginning as we “take back” our Democratic Party as well as the direction of our nation.  The journey of a mile begins with one step.

Caucus tomorrow, March 6 (Tuesday), for Democrats

Calling all registered Democratic voters, tomorrow, Tuesday, March 6th is CAUCUS NIGHT. Registration starts at 6:15PM and the meeting goes until 9pm.

So what’s caucus anyway? It’s the first step in the nomination process; it’s how we nominate Democratic candidates for elected office. If you have a favorite candidate that you want to see elected to office, show up tomorrow, vote for him or her and offer to be a delegate for that candidate at the county convention.

Caucus goers meet in designated locations and those in attendance indicate their support for candidates competing for their party’s nomination by raising hands, or by splitting into groups supporting each candidate. Look here for your caucus locations.

The results of the caucus voting, however, do not directly determine which candidate will win the support of Boulder County’s voters. Each caucus meeting selects delegates to send to the county assembly (for local races) and the county convention (for the Presidential race).

The Boulder County Assembly and Convention will be held March 24, 2012 at Skyline High School, Longmont. At county assemblies and conventions across the state, Democrats select delegates to district assemblies and conventions where delegates to the state assembly and convention are chosen.

At the State Assembly, candidates for contested state level races are nominated to compete in the Primary Election (June 26, 2012). The democratic winner of the June primary will stand for election against the Republican nominee in the General Election on November 6, 2012. The Colorado State Democratic Assembly and Convention will be held April 14, 2012 in Pueblo, CO.

So clear your calendar, get a babysitter is you need to, and join a group of like-minded Democrats for great discussions and to start the process for taking back both Houses (state and federal), keeping our Senates, and re-electing our President.

ROAR event take-aways

Last Sunday’s educational event at Trail Ridge Middle School was wildly successful by any measure. Nearly 300 people filled the cafeteria meeting room to hear experts and local residents explain what hydraulic fracturing (fracking) is and how it might affect Longmont unless something is done to slow down the momentum. Scott Rochat reported some of the take-aways of the afternoon (“ROAR urges tighter drilling regs,” Feb. 27), but did not summarize what were perhaps the most important facts introduced.

Here are a few of the highlights:

Recent studies on air quality in Erie and water pollution in Wyoming (not to mention the raised benzene levels near the Trail Ridge school itself) counter the industry’s claims to being safe.

The oil and gas corporations exert immense pressure at the state level to pre-empt local home rule regarding our rights to health, safety and protection at the local level.

There is no way to protect our rights even with strict regulations because inspection and enforcement are inadequate.

Costs for everything from road damage to emergency response must be borne by local communities.

We residents are not always told the truth about accidents and the long-range consequences of fracking. Or about such things as the effect of fracking on homes built over abandoned mines or wells that might not have been disclosed when the home was purchased.

Longmont’s 120-day moratorium expires April 17, but an extension of at least six months was recommended by Sunday’s speakers in order to tighten proposed regulations for Longmont and to consider other options that would ban fracking altogether within city limits.

For more information about fracking, visit LongmontROAR.org.

LongmontROAR event plays to packed house

A huge shout-out to all who attended and to all who assisted in making “The Truth about Fracking” an enormous success!
The event was held at Trail Ridge Middle School in Longmont on Sunday, February 26, 2011 with an official count of 275 souls in attendance. The overflow crowd found people sitting on nearby stairs and looking on from the floor above the presentation area.

This venue was chosen because only a few hundred feet from the school is the Rider Well. The operator, TOP Operating, has failed repeatedly to mitigate a multi-year history of benzene leaks and contamination. Astonishingly, before the operator placed a fence around the well, children would play on the tanks in this highly contaminated area that has registered benzene levels as high as 100 times the designated safe level of exposure.

Leading off the event was a powerful presentation by research biologist Shane Davis of the Sierra Club, Poudre Canyon Group. The factual material was drawn directly from the website of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. The power point presentation covered a wide area, including an explanation of how horizontal drilling and fracking is accomplished, the chemicals used in the fracking fluid, the scope of drilling in Colorado, to name only a few areas.

Despite what the oil and gas industry and the COGCC frequently state, Colorado has a questionable, if not poor, record on inspection and mitigation. As Davis presented from COGCC data, there are approximately 47,000 active wells in Colorado and approximately 80,000 abandoned wells. Only 17 inspectors are staffed to cover inspections that are meant to occur yearly. That amounts to nearly 8,000 wells per inspector, a physical impossibility. COGCC depends on the operators to follow the rules. We know from experience that without supervision, regulations mean little. We also know that the “honor system” does not work in our current national climate, if it ever did.

Weston Wilson, retired Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) environmental engineer, spoke following Davis. Wilson was the EPA whistleblower on the dangers of fracking. He testified before Congress and was featured in the Academy Award winning documentary Gasland.

Wilson spoke to the current conventional belief about natural gas as a clean energy source that will serve as a bridge fuel to a future of renewable energy. But natural gas is only “clean” when the analysis is limited to the burning of the gas. When taken in totality, from drilling to consumption, natural gas is actually as dirty as coal. This is the result of the methane that leaks into the atmosphere when the gas is released to the surface. Methane is several times more damaging to the upper ozone layer than carbon dioxide and also is a major contributor to ground level ozone that puts all of us, especially children, the elderly, and those with compromised respiratory systems, at risk. A recently released study shows that there is higher pollution in Erie, Colorado, from methane caused by drilling than there is in Houston, Texas, and Pasadena, California. Both of those cities have a long and documented history of unhealthy ozone levels.

Phil Doe, former head of the policy office for the administration of water law in the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s water operations, concluded the professional presentations. Doe spoke about the excessive amounts of water required for fracking in a state that is legally over-committed in water allocation contracts. Typical consolidated drilling pads cover 10 acres with eight wells each. Five million gallons of water are required for each fracked well. The water used in this heavily industrialized activity is lost forever to the hydrologic cycle. It will never be used as drinking water, to bathe, to irrigate agricultural areas or for any other life-supporting purpose. The human uses of water just mentioned return about 50% to the hydrologic cycle.

The produced water, as it is known, is occasionally treated and reused for fracking, but is much more frequently deposited underground in what are known as “waste injection wells.” These wells are regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency with enforcement designated to the states, and are known as Class 2 wells. Yet there are 600 wells in Colorado that are not designated as Class 2, which begs the question of adequate regulation and oversight.

Those whose lives have already been disrupted by oil and gas drilling and fracking provided the human perspective to the invasion that is coming to Longmont and Boulder County by the “mother lode” of oil and drilling quests.

Chris Porzuczek lives near Union Reservoir. His home is 350’ from a proposed consolidated drill site that is 50’ from his property line. Porzuczek has an 18-month-old son and fears for his health and safety with drilling and its threats so close. Rod Brueske lives just east of Weld County Road 1 on the Boulder County side. For Brueske, the damage is neither theoretical nor anticipated. It is in the here and now. He and his family have had to endure not only the threats to health but the 24-hour non-stop of lights and noise that have often forced them to rent hotel rooms.

Members of the audience were provided with index cards in order for them to write down their questions. The cards were collected throughout the presentation. Following the speakers, Shane Davis conducted the Q & A. There were more questions that there was time to address all of them. Even so, the event extended beyond its advertised hour and a half and only concluded around 4:15 PM. Those who didn’t get their questions answered will have them addressed on this site.

LongmontROAR again wishes to thank all of those who took time out from their Sunday afternoon to inform themselves about the issues surrounding oil and gas drilling and fracking.

We ask again that you, as well as your friends and neighbors, contact your Longmont city council members and request that they extend the existing moratorium for an additional six months, rather than the planned extension of only two months.

We must get things right. Once the bores begin penetrating the ground there will be little that can be done. This is a case where there will be no do-overs. Time is needed to make change happen, the right change, the best change.

The future of our homes and families and the character of our city depend on your action and your voice.

Citizens to protest prairie dog killing

Black-tailed Prairie Dog

Black-tailed Prairie Dog (courtesy of Wikipedia)

Concerned citizens will be holding a peaceful demonstration on Saturday, March 3, 2012 from 1 PM – 5 PM at the intersection of Colorado Highway 52 and Interstate 25 in Frederick.  Local wildlife advocates take issue with the Town of Frederick’s immediate plan to exterminate a large number of prairie dogs and the recent mandate to fine private landowners for not killing prairie dogs on their own private land.

We believe that translocating prairie dogs to other sites and implementing other non-lethal alternatives provide a better alternative to using poisons. Additionally, the Town of Frederick could set aside protected prairie dog habitat and receiving sites for displaced prairie dogs.

Furthermore, poisoning is cruel and inhumane. It requires that people re-apply the poisons on a regular basis, continually putting these dangerous chemicals into our environment and killing other animals that live in prairie dog burrows. Kellie Cremer, local prairie dog advocate, said, “We have to stop sending the message to our children that it’s okay to poison their wildlife and destroy their natural heritage. The fact is that these practices are cruel and inhumane.”

Prairie dogs positively impact nine other species of wildlife. Hawks, owls, foxes, ferrets and many others depend on prairie dogs for food or their burrows for shelter. If we want all these prairie species to survive, we need a healthy prairie dog population.

Concerned citizens attending this demonstration also seek to combat misinformation regarding prairie dogs and public health and to let decision makers know there are alternatives to lethal control.

What:      Peaceful demonstration for the prairie dogs
When:     Saturday, March 3, 2012 from 1-5 pm
Where:    Intersection of Colorado Hwy. 52 and Interstate 25 in Frederick
Parking:  Park-n-Ride

Queer Theology Series

First United Methodist Church of Boulder invites the community to participate in a series of workshops, led by Sarah Bloesch, that will explore a number of thought provoking topics that are in dialogue with queer theory.
Ambiguously Yours, Christ and Neighbor –
February 8th: When a Body Meets a Body – Christ Outside the Church
February 15th: The Queer Space of Interfaith Dialogue
In a Queer Embrace: Christ, the Cross, and Resurrection People –
February 29: Who Do You Say That I Am? From a Gay Christ to a Queer Christ
March 7: In the Beginning Was the Word… At the River Jordan; or Why the Incarnation Isn’t Just for Christmas
March 14: This is My Body Broken for You: Theories of Atonement and Feminist/Disabilities Theory Critique
March 21: And the Temple Curtain Torn and the Sun Was Black: Queering Expectations of Time at the Cross
March 28: Mary, Who Are You Looking For? The Power, Ambiguity, and Privilege of Naming
April 4: The Ear Cannot Say to the Eye I have No Need of You; or Who Is My Family?

This series is part of First United Methodist Church of Boulder’s Wednesdays of Wonder (WOW). WOW offers participants an opportunity to connect mid-week and enjoy food, fellowship, and learning. Each meeting is held at the church and begins with a simple meal at 5:15 pm. The workshop begins at 6:00 pm and is free. All are invited and welcome! Free parking.

First United Methodist Church of Boulder is a welcoming and affirming place of inclusion and acceptance. We joyfully welcome all people of any race, gender, sexual orientation, and faith traditions. Pat Bruns and Joe Agne are the pastors of First United Methodist Church of Boulder.

Let your voice be heard

The City of Longmont is in the process of developing revised and additional regulations covering oil and gas drilling within city limits. Applications for permits are expected following a 120-day moratorium that is scheduled to end on April 17, 2011.

Oil and gas drilling at Fairview and SH 119

Draft regulations were intended to be published on January 31, 2011. It was clear from the outset that a 120-day moratorium was inadequate for the amount of work that is required to craft regulations that would protect the health, safety, and well-being of citizens and residents. City staff is now making changes to its schedule in order to meet the arbitrary moratorium expiration on April 17, 2011.

At the January 24, 2011, city council meeting, City Manager Gordon Pedrow announced that instead of releasing draft regulations on January 31, “options” would be made available to council members, board members and the public.

January 31 came and went without “options.” On February 2, the city released a document that was not the promised “options” (whatever those might have been), but a 60+ page document titled “City of Longmont Oil and Gas Regulations Update.”

Mr. Pedrow indicates that the options, now known as “questions,” will be delayed until a Public Open House on February 6, 2011, to be held in the lobby of the City Council Chambers between 4:30 and 6:30 PM. No one will have an opportunity to see these “questions” until that time. There will be no opportunity to reflect on their meaning or potential implications for the future of Longmont.

The city has created a highly controlled environment for the release of questions. It will establish parameters and attempt to squeeze the public into a narrow band of choices that reflect the choices that the city’s attorneys and staff believe are acceptable.

It is important that members of the community maintain their own integrity on this issue and insist that the city respond to their demands and requirements.

Following the Public Open House, at 7:00 PM in Council Chambers, a joint meeting of the Board of Environmental Affairs, the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, and the Water Board (The Super Committee) will be held.

Information will be presented by city staff to the Super Committee and questions will be taken from the Super Committee. At that point, the public will have an opportunity to be heard in the same manner as at council meetings, a 3-minute Public Invited to be Heard.

Following the Public Invited to be Heard segment members of the Super Committee will be electronically polled with “multiple choice” style preferences to pre-determined questions. These questions may or may not be the same as those given to the public.

Mr. Pedrow has indicated that the responses from the public and the Super Committee will be compiled and presented to the Planning and Zoning Commission on February 15. That meeting is held in the Council Chambers at 7:00 PM and also has a Public Invited to be Heard Segment.

On February 21, the results of all three events will be presented in a Study Session to the City Council in the form of Draft Regulations. At that point the council may address an extension of the moratorium, provide additional input as to what should be included in the Regulations Ordinance, or accept the draft regulations as presented.

Barring any extension of the moratorium, the First Reading of new regulations will occur on March 13 and the Second Reading and Public Hearing will be held on March 27, 2011. If the ordinance passes, it will become law in the City of Longmont effective 10 days later and applications for permits will be accepted beginning April 18, 2011.

Jonathan Singer joins Colorado legislature

Jonathan Singer takes the oath of office in the Colorado House of Representatives

A major snowstorm blowing through downtown Denver this morning did not prevent standing-room only at the House chamber of the Colorado State Legislature. The event was the formal induction of Jonathan Singer into the 2012 session of the Colorado House of Representatives. Singer, a resident of Longmont, took the vacated seat of former HD11 Representative Deb Gardner, who herself had moved into a vacated seat on the Boulder County Commissioner’s Court.

Surrounded by his parents and Senate President Brandon Shaffer, Singer took the Oath of Office from Justice Nancy Rice of the Colorado Supreme Court. He then addressed the legislative assembly which he will be joining, expressing the responsibilities which legislators have in working to solve the major social and economic issues of the State of Colorado.

Jonathan Singer Colorado House Representative for HD 11. Photo by Charles Hanson.

As a freshman legislator, Singer nevertheless seems to be well-known by his peers on the Democratic side of the House chamber, so he will be quickly up-to-speed on the bills which are being considered in this second-session of the 68th General Assembly. Importantly, Singer will be assigned to the House Economics and Business Development committee.

While serving as legislator, Singer will also continue his campaign to be elected this November for the HD11 term beginning in 2013.

House District 12 Democratic Candidate Forums

First Forum

Where: Lafayette Library, 775 W. Baseline Road, lower meeting room (Google Map)

When: Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 6 PM to 8:45 PM — Forum starts at 6:30 PM

Second Forum

Co-sponsored by Longmont Area Democrats (LAD)

Where : Longmont Progressive Center, 723 Main Street (Google Map)

When: Thursday, February 23, 2012, 6 PM to 8:45 PM — Forum starts at 6:30 PM

This is an excellent opportunity to meet the Democratic candidates for HD 12 (Angie Layton and Mike Foote), listen to their views on issues and get to know them before the March 6th caucus.  There will be formal questions and an opportunity to submit your questions that evening, in writing, to the candidates. For more information contact Democratic Party HD 12 Chair Sally Martin at scmartin06@aol.com.

Candidate contact pages

Mike Foote: http://www.mikefoote.org/contact/

Angie Layton: http://www.angielayton.com/contact/

Presentation: Neo-Liberal Economics

Strider Benston, civil rights activist

Strider Benston’s long and passionate dedication to political activism — dating back to his days of knowing and working with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. — as well as his deep and contextual appreciation for American history, will inform his upcoming presentation on Neo-Liberal Economics.  You will come away knowing more about how deregulation, privatization and the so-called “rule of the market” has destroyed what was once great about America’s economy and morphed it into our present day gap between the very wealthy and everyone else, thus eliminating the concept of the “public good” and “community”.

Please join LAD as we are proud to host this event.

Strider Benston presents:

“Neo-Liberal Economics”
Wednesday, January 4 at 6:30pm
723 Main Street
Longmont

Soul 2 Solstice – a celebration in song

WHAT: ‘SOUL 2 SOLSTICE,” a celebration in song!
WHO: Janis Kelly & Friends
WHERE: The Rock N Soul Café (5290 Arapahoe Blvd, Suite 1.; Boulder, CO)
WHEN: Friday, December 16, 7:30-10:30 p.m.
DETAILS: Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door; The Rock N Soul Café is an all-ages venue with a full dinner/drink menu. Call 303-446-5108 for advanced tickets and reservations or visit.

Please join us for a seasonal celebration in song, featuring Boulder singer-songwriter and recording artist Janis Kelly, along with Christian Teele, Chris Engleman, Rick Pontalion, Cheri Shanti and Spirit Voices Vocal Ensemble, as well as special guests Amanda Grover, Danae Shanti, Kathy Nelson and Oliver McCammon!

With two sets of soul-stirring, uplifting and “higher vibe” originals and holiday classics performed by some of Colorado’s most talented musicians and artists, “SOUL 2 SOLSTICE” is the perfect opportunity to sing, dance and dream your way into winter!

Additionally, Cheri Shanti will lead a Soulstice “Muse” Ceremony after the performances, so bring your drums, instruments and songs to share for a community music-making experience!

Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door; please call 303-446-5108 for reservations or visit www.rocknsoulcafe.com . The Rock N Soul Cafe is an all-ages venue and serves a full menu of food and beverages.

For more information, please email Janis Kelly at: janis@janiskelly.com or visit www.janis-kelly.com.

“When we let our LOVE shine, and we let our PEACE shine, and we let our HOPE shine, we let our JOY, JOY shine!”

Sanfacon campaign kickoff

Hello Friends:

Garry Sanfacon 2011

Garry Sanfacon, District 1 Boulder County Commissioner candidate

Please join me for my Campaign Kick-off for Boulder County Commissioner (District 1). Enjoy food and libations provided by the Pumphouse Brewery and Restaurant and the fabulous company and conversation.

When: Friday, December 9, 5:30-7:30 PM

Where: Longmont Progressive Center, 723 Main Street, Longmont, RSVP dianacaile@msn.com

I’m the only candidate in District 1 who has taken a strong, public stand against GMOs and fracking. We need a County Commissioner who will represent the will of the people and who is a principled leader who is actively demonstrating progressive values. I pride myself on being a good listener and I’m committed to involve citizens more in County government.

I’m against GMOs and I’m encouraging my supporters to OCCUPY the December 8 public hearing with the County Commissioners, the last chance for the public to speak out against GMOs before the Commissioners make a decision on the County Cropland Policy. Sign the petition against GMOs.

I’m opposed to fracking and I’m encouraging my supporters to sign the Food and Water Watch petition.

From the expansion of Gross Reservoir (which I oppose) to GMOs to fracking, to economic hardship, the citizens of Boulder County must be vigilant to protect our environment, our health, our well-being and our values.

I have a strong environmental record. As a Boulder County Planning Commissioner I championed a new Sustainability Element in the Comp Plan, the strongest green building code in the country and stricter house size regulations. I supported Boulder Issues 2B/2C. And I’m a member of PLAN Boulder County and the Sierra Club Indian Peaks Group.

Not only must we protect our natural environment from corporations who want to exploit it, we must help our fellow citizens impacted by the economy and provide adequate services to those in need as well as work on the root causes: quality jobs and affordable housing. I know the challenges facing the human services sector after 10 years as an Executive Director of a local non-profit and my wife’s work experience at People’s Clinic, Planned Parenthood and Mental Health Partners.

I’ve been involved in protecting and enhancing our quality of life in Boulder County for two decades. I have in-depth knowledge and first-hand experience with all geographic areas of the county and the issues they face. I have developed deep, respectful relationships with county leaders in all sectors – inside and out of County government. My progressive and principled stance, knowledge and relationships make me uniquely qualified to represent the citizens of Boulder County as we tackle tough issues ahead.

I look forward to seeing you at the kick-off!

Host Committee: Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle, Shari Malloy, Padma Wick, Boulder County Treasurer Bob Hullinghorst, James Kenworthy, Maris Dirks

You can learn more about Garry at www.GarrySanfacon.org

If you’d like to be a delegate for Garry, volunteer for his campaign, and/or endorse him, contact dianacaile@msn.com

If you wish to make a contribution, you can do so HERE – Thank you!

Paid for by Garry Sanfacon for County Commissioner, Kathy Guyton, Treasurer

Super Advisory Committee to hear about drilling

Oil and gas drilling at Fairview and SH 119

An informational meeting will be held on December 7th (Wednesday) from 6 PM to 9 PM at the City Council Chambers (350 Kimbark Street) to to provide information on oil and gas issues to the members of the Board of Environmental Affairs, Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and Water Board . Members from the Planning and Zoning Commission will not be attending the meeting. Presentations will be given by city staff and outside agencies and organizations. The presentations will be similar to those provided at the November 15th City Council meeting. In addition to the previous speakers, Mr. Wes Wilson, an ex-EPA staffer who has information on the environmental effects of oil and gas operations, has been invited to give a presentation.

This meeting will be educational only. Board members will have the opportunity to ask questions of staff and the presenters as they relate to the presentations. While this is a public meeting and the public is invited to observe the presentations, there will not be any public participation or a Public Invited to be Heard period at the meeting.

For those who would like to preview the presentations or for those not able to attend the meeting, the video of the presentations at the November 15th Council meeting is available here.